Canon 35/1.8 an underrated gem?
In search for a fast(er) 35mm lens I have recently acquired a Canon 35/1.8 in LTM mount. The lens is tiny and appears to be relatively well made. The design is the usual Canon for that era.
Optically the lens seems stunning: sharp already from wide open with only a very slight glow veiling the picture at infinity; even sharpness across the frame. The glow is reduced focusing closer making it similar to the Nikon LTM Sonnar lenses.
I can't detect any distortion and the bokeh is gentler than that of say the W-Nikkor or the Summilux which have those kind of harsh rings.
The corners appear to have better performance than the 2.0 Black (SLR lookalike) version - at least to my eyes - on film.
Last but not least, I found that the near focus is delimited by a pin-screw in the focus-mount. Removing it allows accurate close-focus down to about 0.85m. (2.8 feet)